Dr. Patrick Barry, DVM

barryOwner of Barry Veterinary Hospital since 1987
Dr. Barry grew up in south Louisiana and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from LSU in 1978 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. He chose veterinary medicine because he liked animals, had a strong love for science, and enjoyed working with people. What a great way to combine all three.

Dr. Barry moved to Florida and opened his veterinary practice in 1987. He and his wife have three sons, one in high school and two in graduate school. The family also has two dogs, one yellow lab “Cate” and one small pound puppy “Mia”. Dr. Barry’s interests include fishing, aquariums, and live music.

Dr. Barry is most proud of his ability to establish and maintain a busy small animal veterinary hospital while balancing a wonderful and healthy family life.

Dr. Stacey Wiggins, DVM

Stacey WigginsDr. Wiggins grew up in Houston, Texas in a large family with several animals from deer to dogs to cows. It was her goal even as a little girl to someday become a veterinarian. She received her Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M University and has a huge love for the Aggies. While at Texas A&M she met her Aggie husband who commissioned into the United States Air Force taking them to Ohio. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University. After her graduation, her husband was reassigned to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and they moved to the Destin area where Dr. Wiggins accepted an associate position at Barry Veterinary Hospital in 2009. She and her husband fell in love with the Destin area and this clinic, so they decided to make this their permanent home.

Dr. Wiggins and her husband enjoy spending as much time outdoors and at the beach as possible. They are the proud parents of two children, Jacob and Rebecca Joy. They also have 2 dogs Wesley and Mojo, and 2 cats Nermal and Chief (all rescues). They are very active with their church and enjoy spending time with the many friends they have made since moving to the area.

Tina Matthews

Registered Veterinary Technician
Tina grew up in New Jersey, joined the army in 1984 as a Military Police Officer. She was honorably discharged in 1991 at Fort Bragg, NC. She stayed in North Carolina until moving to Florida in 2007. Tina’s passion for animals led to her getting a job as a veterinary assistant after leaving the military. She liked working in veterinary medicine so much that she wanted to gain more education in the filed and decided to seek out a career by attending Central Carolina College and obtained a degree in Veterinary Technology.

While in North Carolina, Tina worked at Bayer Pharmaceutical as a Technical Associated during the week and in a private practice veterinary clinic on weekends. Upon moving to Florida, she worked at Zoo World in Panama City Beach for 6 months before switching over to a private practice veterinary clinic.

Tina is the proud mother a 28 year old daughter (Ashley). Tina and her Significant other (Christopher) have 4 dogs, 3 cats, and a tortoise. Tina and Christopher love fishing and going to the beach.

Katrina Edwards

Veterinary Technician since 2003
Katrina was born at Clark Air Force Base in The Philippines, where both of her parents worked for the department of defense. She lived in Seoul, Korea for 2 years and attended kindergarten and first grade there, before returning to Clark Air Force Base for 16 years to finish out her elementary and high school years. She attended college at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, IL for a double major in Psychology and Social Work. Upon college graduation she accepted a position as a kennel technician while looking for employment in her career field. She loved working with animals so much that when the opportunity to received on-the-job training as a veterinary technician came available, she was ecstatic. She feels that she truly found her calling and has enjoyed the work and challenges every day and has not once regretted accepting the opportunity when it was offered 15 years ago. Her reason for sticking with veterinary medicine is that she has always been drawn to animals and is passionate about helping them fell better.

Katrina has been married for 14 years and has one stepson, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and one beautiful granddaughter. Katrina is the proud mom of 2 dogs “Amos” and “Violet” who bring her so much joy. Katrina and her husband are very active in the church and prison ministry. Her interests involve dogs, reading, and church activities. She is certified as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and while in high school, she rode on the Philippine Equestrian Team against Hong Kong. She participated on a mission’s trip to Mexico and volunteered at a MASH(Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit in The Philippines.

Julie Salinas

Veterinary Technician
Julie was born at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia where her father was a Captain in the United States Air Force and her mother was a social worker. Her family moved often before settling in the small town of Dothan, Alabama. This is where Julie attended middle school. Julie received her high school diploma from North Springs High School in Alpharetta, Georgia and attended college at Georgia Southern University for a short time. She later relocated to Panama City Beach, Florida where she graduated from Gulf Coast Community College.

Julie got married in 2000 and along with her husband started a small business that moved them to Annapolis, Maryland. In Maryland, Julie took a part time job as a veterinary kennel technician to help pay for the family business’ overhead expenses. While working as a kennel technician, she was able to gain on-the-job training as a veterinary technician.

Julie and her husband decided they missed the south and the beautiful beaches so they closed up shop and moved “home”. Upon her return to the Panama City Beach area, Julie found a full time position as a veterinary technician at a local clinic and worked there for 10 years while studying Veterinary Technology with St. Petersburg College’s distance learning program.

In 2013, Julie thought she was in need of a change and went to work in the human medical field for a short time, but due to her natural connection with animals and strong desire to be involved in their health and well-being she could not stay away from the veterinary world. In January 2015, Barry Veterinary Hospital had an opening for a technician and Julie accepted the position.

Julie and her husband enjoy spending time with their four legged furry children Watson and Possum. Watson is a 3 year old English Springer Spaniel and Possum is a 12 year old Domestic Long Hair Cat who runs the house. Julie is very active in ESRA (English Springer Rescue Association). Of course spending as much time outdoors and at the beach as possible is on their list of treasured activities.

Chris Gay

Kennel Technician since 2000
We are patiently awaiting Chris’ Biography.

Kelly O’Keeffe

Receptionist since 2008
Kelly hails from west Tennessee. She attended Mississippi State University and University of Memphis majoring in Parks and Recreation.

Kelly has an overabundance of cats that own her and she hopes to add a dog of questionable bloodlines to her clan soon. When not working, Kelly is an avid reader and beachcomber. She loves collecting all the gifts of the sea, gardening, and traveling. She has a great love for all four legged blessings.

Angela Thompson

Veterinary Technician from 2001-2004, Receptionist since 2009
We are patiently awaiting Angela’s Biography.